Often I write about the significance of knowing your purpose and using the power that God gave you to change lives. The journey of life is a never-ending road with twists, turns, detours, roadblocks, mountains, and valleys. There are those that purpose to meander through this journey enjoying every exciting part of it. Others race through with the hopes of more, more, more, and are always chasing the next big idea or dream. Yet there are still others that toggle back and forth between wanting to change their past and completely forgetting about it, to moving forward but never able to successfully choose which direction to go. Finally, there are those that are not sure how to begin this journey, and simply allow life to happen as it may. In understanding and fulfilling your purpose, you should ask yourself this one simple, yet impactful question: How is someone’s life better because they cross my path today? This question is the perfect springboard for living a life with purpose and passion because it requires you to create a vision that will support and enhance your strengths, use them for the benefit of others, all while living life on a grander scale.
We all have the power to transform someone’s life; and in order to live your best life – a life with purpose and passion, you have to clearly determine your gifts and talents and then begin to use them to revolutionize someone else’s life. Think about this: When someone describes you, do they speak about your achievements, or, do they speak of your accomplishments that have been for the benefit of others? It’s time to move from being SELF-centered to OTHERS-centered. You don’t have to be perfect to change someone’s life. You only have to believe that you are a “life changer,” and then focus on serving, learning and loving others.
A word of caution: When you do for others, make sure your motives are pure. Don’t worry about taking credit or making yourself look good. Humility is freedom – freedom from the pressure to be perfect, keep up appearances, or be better than everyone else. It is the self-centered person who feels empty and tries to fill a painful void with bragging and competing, however, it is only the truly self-loving person who has won the internal civil war of self-acceptance. Jim Rohn said it best when he said, “For things to change, you must change.” Being a “life changer” will change YOU far more than the lives you change. Do good and treat people well because it is the right thing to do, not because of the accolades or rewards you might receive.
If you are willing, you have the ability to change many lives in your lifetime. How is someone’s life better because they cross your path today?
Until Next Time…….Change Your Life, Change You Legacy!